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It’s All About Moments.

Life is made up of moments. Some people don’t give much power to a moment. “It’s only one.” This gives them an excuse to create destructive habits or to live life without intention or purpose. Each moment is adding up to a future, whether we realize it or not. It is moments that change our lives!

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  • Moments of choosing to believe lies from the Enemy or the lies that others have told us about ourselves.
  • Moments of choosing to love when you don’t “feel like it.”
  • The moment you choose to respond with peace instead of losing your temper.
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  • The moment you meet your spouse, whether something dramatic takes place within you or not.
  • The moment when your child is placed into your arms for the very first time.
  • The moment you forgive and let go of what happened years ago, or even a few months ago. You release yourself and release that person.
  • A moment in which you choose to communicate with the other person rather than assume the worst about their motives.
  • The moment a person chooses to reach for the phone and seek authentic relationship instead of porn, alcohol, or drugs.
  • The moment your perspective forever changes due to an experience or a sickness that could have taken your life–but you’re still here.
  • The moment in which you choose love over fear.

It is in each moment that we choose to become a lesser version of ourselves, or to become the image that our Creator had in mind when He lovingly molded us in our mother’s womb.

Moments are what add up to make a life! Be open to each moment and what it has to teach you. Live each moment fully present. God is working through all of them. And in the moments you never expect, He will do miracles!

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A Season of Trust and Transition

I am amazed at the quick transitions in people’s lives lately. One friend, just over a month ago, was at a crossroads and had no idea where to turn. This week she told me that she is settled in at graduate school! Another friend had thoughts of moving, and was led quickly to affirmation that she should move! These are just 2 examples. This seems to be a widespread season of changes and transitions within the Body of Christ.

Myself, I feel like I’m sitting in the passenger seat and bracing myself as many life changes come my way. One key I am learning is openness. If my friends weren’t open to change, they would have sat back and accepted the way things were instead of jumping into the changes that Christ revealed to them. But they hold onto faith and jumped! I need to let go of the blessings of this season in order to jump into the blessings and challenges of this new season. I must be open to the new and not hold onto the past. I need to be open to change and what this new season will reveal. Only my Father knows what I will learn in this season, and how He intends for me to be His instrument.

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We can trust that God is about to do great things, in all of our lives and for the greater Kingdom. So hold tight and be not afraid! Trust, and get ready for what our God is going to do!

Thank You, Father, for all that You have done, all You are doing, and all that You are about to do!

The God of Open Doors.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”~Matthew 7:7

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During this season, there are many people waiting on open doors. I sense that this will be a big year for a lot of people. In fact, when I think of my friends and acquaintances, it is hard to recall someone who isn’t discerning some sort of change in their life path. I myself am seeking another path. However, these steps will not be achieved overnight. They take prayer, discernment, and trial and error. Our steps must be directed by the LORD. Proverbs 19:21 reminds us that,”many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”  We must wait for open doors.  We ourselves cannot open the doors. They are locked, until Jesus directs us to our open door. It’s not to say that every open door is worth walking through–sometimes we can walk through a door and find that we’ve walked into something we shouldn’t have. In these cases we must continue to search. During these seasons of waiting and journeying towards new paths, it can feel like doors are slamming in our face, over and over. We can grow tired of knocking and getting no answer. It can feel frustrating as we try to turn the key in numerous doors, but they just won’t open for us.  Trust that it will be worth it to walk through the door that Christ has opened for you.

I came across this great word. It’s worth a watch. I like how Stephanie keeps it within the realm of God’s will–we must not think of the closed doors as rejection, but redirection by our loving Father to something better!

Dear friend, keep walking! Keep to the path of righteousness. Your Father has prepared you a room, and you will come to your open door. Be patient, keep seeking and asking, and don’t give up knocking! 

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.”~Revelation 3:8

The Innkeeper and Us.

“The Lord is knocking at the door of our hearts. Have we put a sign on the door saying “do not disturb?”~Pope Francis

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I often think of the innkeeper who turned away Mary and Joseph, and the still unborn Jesus. It’s easy to criticize him in our minds. How could someone turn down a woman in labor and send her to a stable in wintertime to give birth? Yet so often we resemble the innkeeper. Jesus is knocking on the door of our hearts. We open the door just a crack, but not all the way. We want to hide certain rooms from Him. We keep the door shut when we want to continue pursuing our own sin and disobedience. Quietly He stands and knocks, waiting for us to the open the door. Jesus pursues us relentlessly. Are you listening, and are you willing to open the door of your heart?

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.”~Revelation 3:20